published Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Chattanooga lawyer Brian C. Smith censured over conflicting interests

Chattanooga lawyer Brian C. Smith was publicly censured by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Feb. 28 after he represented conflicting interests in an estate, according to a news release from the court.

The Board of Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Discipline against Smith pursuant to Rule 9 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Tennessee, which forbids lawyers against representing conflicting interests.

A public censure is a rebuke and warning to the attorney, but it does not affect the attorney’s ability to practice law, the release stated.

According to his firm’s website, Smith assists clients in business-related legal matters, specifically regarding trusts, estates and guardianship.

The Supreme Court also ordered Smith to pay the costs of the disciplinary proceedings.

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